Based on the new eveidence that's come to light on the LBH over the past 10 to 15 years, what would have to be done to make a historical re-enactment of the battle more accurate and real than any before it? Would it even be remotely possible to get maybe a thousand Native Americans to participate and two to three hundred re-enactors for soldiers and officers? More importantly if every domino could be lined up for such an event, does anyone have a location in mind that would be close in appearance to the area the battle acually took place in? Would any other area near the Little Big Horn River be suitable?
Last Edit: Jan 23, 2011 6:45:17 GMT -5 by wfbenteen
Well, even with all the extra analysis of the past few decades, we still have radically competing models for what happened, to include how to portray Custer, Reno, and Benteen. All three can be made out to be shades of either valiant hero, irrational villain, or some shades of both! Nothing has changed in that regard over history.
You are probably already aware of these, but for our readers...For a middle-of-the-road model with most modern analysis tucked in, I'd recommend Edgar Stewart's Custer's Luck, or Nathaniel Philbrick's new The Last Stand for your model. For a more pro-Custer, anti-Reno model see either James Donovan's A Terrible Glory or Larry Sklenar's To Hell With Honor for that interpretation of events.
I suspect that this thread is long dead...but, yes--- there are areas in Montana that are topographically and directionally lined out to be dead-ringers for the LBH battlefield--- should someone want to re-create the battle for whatever reasons... I found one on the Milk River last summer that was pretty cool. What a site for a movie set! Not a building in sight.